U.S. Department of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano supports the dream act how about you?

The Dream Act has failed in the four previous Congresses, getting as far as House approval nearly two years ago. But now, with the Obama Administration announcing plans to talk about immigration reform this year combined with a strengthened Democratic congressional majority, supporters say the bill stands a good... show more The Dream Act has failed in the four previous Congresses, getting as far as House approval nearly two years ago. But now, with the Obama Administration announcing plans to talk about immigration reform this year combined with a strengthened Democratic congressional majority, supporters say the bill stands a good chance of passing. As a senator, Obama was a cosponsor in 2007.

The bill continues to gain national and local support. In April, the College Board -- a nonprofit group composed of more than 5,000 member schools and other educational organizations -- announced its support of the Dream Act. In the report "Young Lives on Hold: The College Dreams of Undocumented Students," the College Board notes that the Dream Act would allow 360,000 undocumented high school graduates to attend college and legalize their immigration status. The organization also notes that the act would provide incentives for another 715,000 youngsters between the ages of 5 and 17 to finish high school and pursue post-secondary education. Every year, approximately 65,000 undocumented students graduate from high school, only 5 to 10 percent of them attend college, according to the report.

Proponents of the Dream Act also highlight its potential as an economic stimulus package. It would strengthen the economy by creating a more educated work force and it would boost overall school revenues by bringing in tuition from students who otherwise would not be able to attend college, advocates say. The College Board report underscores that not allowing undocumented students the chance to pursue higher education adds up to a significant amount of "wasted talent" that "imposes economic and emotional costs" on students themselves and on U.S. society as a whole.

Earlier this month Janet Napolitano said she supported the Dream Act as the governor of Arizona, and she supports it now -- as secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

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